Brianna’s Favorite Chili Recipe

Chili is one of my favorite comfort foods. I am very particular about my chili because I don’t like spicy foods, and neither does my mother, which means that if my father wanted to cook chili that the whole family would eat he had to come up with a flavorful recipe that didn’t rely on heat for flavor. He started with my grandmother’s recipe and made some changes, then eventually, my sister took dad’s recipe and modified it (aka made it even better…sorry, dad), and from there I took her recipe and turned it into this. So what started with my grandma has evolved into one of my all-time favorite WW friendly recipes. I only wish she was around to try my version of it.

This recipe makes a stellar bowl of chili. It is super easy, filled with good for you things (except the brown sugar, but hey, no one is perfect), and fits perfectly into Weight Watchers Points Plus and Freestyle plans. I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Diva and the Divine’s Turkey Chili

A delicious bowl of comfort food that will leave you feeling full and satisfied for only a few WW Points, regardless of what plan you’re following.
1 Cup is 3 PP and 2 SP
1.5 Cups is 5 PP and 4 SP
Course: Main Course
Keyword: chili
Servings: 12 Cups
Author: divaandthedivine

Ingredients

  • 2-3 diced Bell Pepper (diced) 2 or 3 peppers based on preference, diced to preferred size
  • 2 Onions (diced)
  • 1 lb 97% lean Ground Turkey Can use other meats but points might change
  • 2 cans Black Beans
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 4 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic Add more or less depending on preference

Instructions

  • 1. Dice peppers and onions to the desired size
    2. Brown meat in a pan. *Full disclosure: I use 97% lean ground turkey and drain the extra fat after it has been cooked and I call it a 0 Smart Point food. If you want to follow things specifically by the book on WW Freestyle either use 99% lean meat or recalculate the recipe using 97% lean. I did use the 97% to calculate Points Plus*
    3. Put everything in a slow cooker. Stir, and turn on high.
    4. Cook until veggies are cooked down and the chili’s consistency is to your liking. I typically cook it on high for 3-4 hours, then turn it on low for another 2-3 hours.
    5. *OPTIONAL* If the chili needs thickening, corn starch is a great option. Mix a small amount of cornstartch (1 tbsp MAX) with enough water that it mixes well. Pour mixture into chili while stiring consistently, and continue to stir for a minute or two. Then let it sit and simmer for 10 minutes. This should thicken your chili.
    6. Serve as desired  

9 Weight Watchers Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

 

I love Instagram. I spend a lot more time on there than I really should on a daily basis. While there are plenty of Weight Watchers related blogs and Youtube channels out there, Instagram actually has it’s very own WW community filled with members that aren’t necessarily blogging or making YouTube videos. While I’m on IG to help grow my own following, I love following, engaging with, and becoming friends with fellow members of the Instagram community.  While there are a ton of great accounts out there, I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. If you’re not following them, you should be! 

9 Weight Watchers Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following

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My Top 10 Weight Watchers Friendly Items @ Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s ranks pretty high up there on most people’s list of favorite grocery stores, and I’m no different. I often say that Trader Joe’s is my happy place. There are so many food offerings at decent prices for the outstanding quality you get. Often times they also have unique food options, which makes going to Trader Joe’s more fun than just heading to the Walmart down the road.

While Trader Joe’s had amazing food selections across the board, what I am most pleased with is how many items I find on Trader Joe’s shelves that are Weight Watchers friendly. I have an entire list of favorite things that I am sure to purchase pretty much every time I’m in that store. Since the rollout of WW Freestyle, a handful of my favorite items have decreased in Smart Points value, making it even more amazing than before.

Here are my top 10 Weight Watchers friendly items from Trader Joe’s.

Everything but the Bagel Seasoning:
If you shop at Trader Joe’s odds are you have tried this miracle spice given to us by the TJ’s gods. This magic creation adds everything bagel flavor to anything you put it on. Since I’m someone who has never eaten (more wanted to) an everything bagel in her life, I was skeptical as to if I’d like it, but since it was all the rage, I figured I’d give it a try. I am HOOKED. This blend of sesame and poppy seeds, garlic, onion, and sea salt adds an incredible flavor to pretty much anything. I use it in my eggs, my mac n cheese, on top of roasted squash, and anything that needs some extra flare. It takes things to a whole new level and I’m utterly obsessed. For 0 smart points and at only $1.99, I restock several bottles at a time because this is something my pantry will never be without. Read more

5 Weight Watchers Smart Points Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

Pumpkin Spice!  Pumpkin Spice is EVERYWHERE!

Pumpkin spice season is here, and with it comes a ton of grocery store finds and pumpkin recipes popping up everywhere.  This year I have been so intrigued by the overnight oats train that everyone seems to be a part of, I wanted to combine the two and come up with some pumpkin oats that are Weight Watchers friendly.  

After exploring some basic overnight oats recipes to understand things like the oats to liquid ratio and the general idea of how to build an overnight oats recipe, I finally came up with one that I love, and have made many times this year already.  It has several ingredients for flavor: cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, stevia, and even sugar-free maple syrup (game changer). While it seems a tad elaborate, the flavor this mixture brings promises to start your brisk fall morning with a filling breakfast that screams “it’s fall! Hooray!!”

A few things to note:

  • I tend to make this in batches, so I’ll fill 4 or 5 Mason Jars at a time.  Even if they are sitting in the refrigerator for a few days, they still taste great.  It just lets the flavors blend even more
  • There’s no rule that says you have to eat them heated up. It’s just how I prefer to consume my oats.
  • I use cinnamon crunch Quest protein powder, but you can use other flavors like vanilla or salted caramel.
  • You can also use other brands of protein powder if you wish, but changing the brand might change the Smart Points value of your oats.  Adjust your tracking accordingly.   

That’s it!  I hope you enjoy my recipe 🙂 

5 SP Pumpkin Spice Protein Overnight Oats
Serves 1
Overnight oats are a great way to get your mornings started off on the right track by making your breakfast ahead of time. These Pumpkin Spice oats are filled with protein to keep you full, and are only 5 Weight Watchers Smart Points.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 C Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (0 sp)
  2. 1/2 C Old Fashioned Oats (4 sp)
  3. 1/2 C Canned Pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) (0 sp)
  4. 1 Scoop Quest Protein Powder (I use Cinnamon Crunch, but I imagine vanilla or salted caramel would work well too)(1 sp)
  5. 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (0 sp)
  6. 1 Tsp Cinnamon (0 sp)
  7. 1 0 Calorie Sweetener Packet (I use Stevia)(0 sp)
  8. 1 Tbsp Sugar Free Maple Syrup (0 sp) *This makes it a bit creamier and oh so good*
  9. Vanilla to taste (0 sp)
  10. A Mason Jar (or some other container to store it in)
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together and put in container (It's really that easy)
  2. Let container sit in refrigerator overnight (Note: I actually make several jars at once, so some sit for a few days. It's totally fine.
  3. Remove lid and microwave oats until they reach your desired temperature, stirring occasionally (I typically microwave for a minute a time, stirring after each one. 3 minutes usually does the trick)
  4. Sit down with your cup of coffee or tea and enjoy a protein packed breakfast that brings fall to your table.
Notes
  1. Tip: While it really is as simple as mixing everything together, I have found it easiest to mix things outside the jar (in a bowl), starting with the almond milk and pumpkin first and adding the oats last. This makes sure the protein powder and spices are mixed thoroughly and evenly throughout.
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Weight Loss A-Z

Rules of Weight Loss A-Z

When it comes to weight loss and healthy living, everyone has their own tips and tricks that work for them.  I decided to get a little creative and wanted to come up with something for every letter of the alphabet.  After some thought and creative liberties, here are 26 tips, tricks, or plain old facts of life that I use to find success in my weight loss journey.

A- Attitude

When it comes to losing weight, attitude is everything.  If you come from a negative space about food, fitness, and your body, it’s could be 20 times harder to find the success you’re looking for.  A positive attitude about your body and about the journey you’re on will definitely keep your sprits up and the scale down. 

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Chocolate Overnight Oats |Weight Watchers Friendly, High Protien

Chocolate Overnight Oats

The other day I accidentally made a creation that is certainly going to become a staple in my breakfast routine.  I’ve seen overnight oats on blogs and Instagram photos a ton lately, and they always look so pretty and sound so good.  I was feeling inspired and decided to try my own twist on it.  I went over to Trader Joe’s and found rolled oats at a reasonable price (I’ll be honest, I don’t even know if rolled oats are the  “proper” oats to use) and the adventure began.

Many recipes called for using almond milk and many have things in it that, while healthy, makes the Smart Points values add up quickly.  Since I wanted more protein, I oped to try mixing them in with my fat free Greek yogurt (2 Smart Points) instead.  I used 1/4 C, mixed it up, and let it sit. It turned out to be quite thick, but to the point of dry and not all that awesome.  Back to the drawing board.

Thursday night I had a thought..because you know, I’m always thinking about food and random inspiration can strike at any time..  What if I used almond milk but put my Quest protein powder in it first??  Genius!  Guess what? It worked!  I ended up with the richest, chocolatey-est, dessert-esqe breakfast that only cost me 6 Smart points.  While it might not be the prettiest looking thing, I don’t care, because to me, it tastes awesome.

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Chomps Snack Sticks

chompsMeet Chomps

For people that enjoy their Slim Jims or meaty snack stick type treats, I’ve found a new brand that might spark your interest.  Chomps Snack Sticks are the healthier version of the snack you already know and love.  Chomps are made with 100% Non-GMO Grass-Fed Angus Beef, contain no artificial ingredients (no nitrites, nitrates, MSG, colors, flavors) and are shelf stable for a year with the help of celery juice. Yeah, you read that right: celery juice.

Chomps come in 3 flavors: Original, Hoppin’ Jalapeno, and Crankin’ Cran.  Personally, my favorite was the original flavor, as it’s the one without any spicy kick to it.  I tried the cranberry one thinking it would be safe, but I failed to notice the habanero pepper on the label.  Needless to say, I understand where the “crankin’ ” part of that particular flavor’s name came from.  I gave all of the spicy ones to my dad, who loves food that sets his mouth on fire, and his feedback was quite positive.  They taste delicious (and I agree, at least in terms of the original flavor), and are actually good for you too.

Snack time done right

Now lets take a look at Chomps from a nutritional perspective:

Original flavor (1 stick): Calories: 100  Fat: 6g  Saturated Fat: 3g  Carbs: 0g  Fiber: 0g  Sugar: 0g  Protein: 9g.  Weight Watchers SmartPoints Value: 3

Ingredients: 100%Grass-Fed Beef, Water, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Celery Juice,Black Pepper, Red Pepper, Garlic Powder, Coriander, Stuffed in a Collagen Casing

 

Hoppin’ Jalapeno Flavor (1 stick): Calories: 100  Fat: 6g  Saturated Fat: 3g  Carbs: 1g  Fiber: 0g  Sugar: 0g  Protein: 9g.  Weight Watchers SmartPoints Value: 3

Ingredients: 100% Grass-Fed Beef, Jalapeno Peppers, Water, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Celery Juice, Black Pepper, Red Pepper, Garlic Powder, Coriander, Stuffed in a Collagen Casing

 

Crankin’ Cran (1 stick): Calories: 110  Fat: 6g  Saturated Fat: 3g  Carbs: 4g  Fiber: 0g  Sugar: 2g  Protein: 9g.  Weight Watchers SmartPoints Value: 4

Ingredients: 100% Grass-Fed Beef, Habanero Peppers, Cranberries, Water, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Celery Juice, Black Pepper, Red Pepper, Garlic Powder, Coriander, Stuffed in a Collagen Casing.

 

Bottom line: for 3 or 4 SmartPoints, these beefy little sticks are a great thing to keep around for when a snack attack occurs.  Chomps can be bought over on their website and are available in 5 packs and 24 packs.

 

*I was sent Chomps for review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own*

Edible Cookie Dough!

Edoughble is a company specializing in cookie dough that is egg free and meant to be eaten raw and not baked.  Cookie dough lovers, rejoice.  Your time has come!

I’m guessing if you read the title of this post then you know exactly what it’s going to be about.  Today I just want to give a little shoutout the joy of eating raw cookie dough.  Yum!

Now, you might be wondering why, on a blog that frequently mentions diet, healthy choices, and Weight Watchers, would I be mentioning cookie dough? Well, it’s simple really.  Healthy living is a lifestyle. In order to sustain said healthy lifestyle, in my opinion, no foods should be deemed “off limits.”  Have you noticed that once you tell yourself you can’t have something, you pretty much only think about that thing?

This diva loves to talk about things she thinks are divine (hence, part of the reason my blog’s name is what it is), and lets be honest, sticking your finger in the bowl (or tube, or bag) of raw cookie dough is a pretty deliciously decadent feeling thing.  Therefore, I fully endorse a spoonful of cookie dough every so often.  It’s good for the soul 🙂

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Trader Joe’s Favorites

TraderJoes FavesTrader Joe’s, in my opinion, is a very magical place.  While it is simply a grocery store, the quality, prices, customer service, and variety are all top of the line.  Many people rave about the products they find at Trader Joe’s, and I am no different.  I have never picked up something from TJ’s that I didn’t like.  They are pros when it comes to seasonal offerings too.  Bottom line: I love me some Trader Joe’s.

I know that everyone has their own go to favorites, but if you’re like me, you’re always looking for something new to be your next Trader Joe’s love, so here are a few of the products from there that I adore and purchase regularly.

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My Favorite Easter Treats

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With Easter less than a week away, my tastebuds can’t help but long for the chocolate treats that I have been able to enjoy every single year: Fannie May Chocolate.  Every year, for as long as I can remember, a solid milk chocolate bunny rabbit by Fannie May has shown up in my Easter basket.  The confections that come out of this amazing shop fill my mouth and heart with chocolatey joy.  The only problem is, this year I’m in North Carolina.  There are a TON of store fronts in Illinois, and many in surrounding states, however, currently the nearest shop to me is in Ohio…  That kind of puts a wrench in my “day after Easter” chocolate shopping 😉  However, even though  I won’t have the tasteful pleasure of enjoying these confections this year, I still wanted to share some of my holiday favorites with you.

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